England Women vs Argentina Women preview: Phil Neville's side targeting second World Cup win
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Last Updated: 14/06/19 7:10pm
England Women are targeting a second World Cup win when they take on Argentina Women on Friday, but with an improved performance.
Phil Neville's side beat Scotland Women 2-1 in their opening game of Group D, an despite a dominant first half, they were outplayed by their British rivals after the break.
England Women will be aiming to maintain high performance levels against an Argentina side who only won their first ever World Cup point last time out.
They managed to secure a goalless draw against fellow Group D opponents and former World Cup winners Japan on Monday and could secure another coup at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre.
Women's World Cup - Group D
'Argentina rivalry no bearing on game'
"They haven't got the history and the rivalry on the women's side that the men have got," he said. "This is quite new, a game we haven't played that often. This is a great footballing nation we are playing, a very proud nation.
"We are playing against a team with great history and there are parallels with both, men's and women's football. There are similarities in the way they play.
"They have grown up playing on the streets, fighting for everything. This is what this Argentina team has got.
"It [Argentina's draw with Japan] didn't really surprise me. The games that we've studied Argentina we don't think we've seen them as organised and determined as they were against Japan.
"We're under no illusions as to how tough this game will be. Man-to-man marking, aggressive and we need to show the same quality we did against Scotland to get a result."
Walsh: Neville passion driving Lionesses
England midfielder Keira Walsh has explained how manager Phil Neville's relentless approach is benefiting the Lionesses World Cup chances.
"Most people know Phil Neville by now," Walsh told Sky Sports News on Tuesday. "He's never satisfied with any performance.
"He kind of just told us what he wasn't happy with and I think as players we already knew that when we came off the second half wasn't what we wanted it to be like. But I think the main thing was that we got the result and three points in the first game puts us in a good position in the group.
"We reviewed the game and spoke about the areas we need to improve in and hopefully we can take that into the Argentina game."
Neville confirmed Toni Duggan (thigh) will not be avaliable for Friday's game, but otherwise has no injury concerns. That means Demi Stokes (knee), who started on the bench against Scotland, should be in contention.
It is also good news for defender Millie Bright after she injured her shoulder in the opening game and was substituted early in the second half, but should be fit to feature against Argentina.
- England won their only previous Women's World Cup encounter with Argentina; winning 6-1 in the 2007 group stage, with Kelly Smith netting a brace.
- England have won both of their Women's World Cup matches versus South American opposition, beating Argentina 6-1 in 2007 and Colombia 2-1 in 2015.
- Argentina have lost their three previous encounters with European nations at the Women's World Cup by an aggregate score of 2-23, shipping at least six goals in each match.
- England have won each of their last three World Cup group stage matches by the same scoreline of 2-1. The Lionesses will be looking to win four successive such games for the very first time.
- Last time out versus Scotland, Jill Scott made her 15th appearance at the Women's World Cup, more than any other England player. If she scores in this match, she'll become just the second England player to net in three different editions of the WWC after Fara Williams.